IGO Special projects are tailored adventure holidays for small groups and families looking for a trip that gives back. Pioneering and totally unique, the focus is on wildlife and environmental conservation in far-flung, remote locations. Led by expert local guides, the groups will take a ‘hands on’ approach and actively participate in preserving nature’s last remaining exotic paradises. The ultimate in eco-tourism!
Much research has gone into selecting some of the most endangered ecosystems on our planet, and we have ensured that our trips directly benefit the local people, wildlife and habitats we are trying to protect. IGO’s ethos is centred around sustainability, social responsibility and low impact tourism. If you are looking to help preserve the world’s last great wildernesses for future generations, then Special Projects are for you.
Be the first to camera trap Gal Oya National Park to survey the resident leopard population.
Gal Oya National Park only came on to the tourist map in Sri Lanka 4 years ago, and Gal Oya Lodge remains the only significant property in the vicinity of the national park. With the help of a Conservation Trust, a research centre has been built at the lodge which has the ability to study 26,000 hectares of untouched national park. To date, no wildlife data has been obtained in this region; the team will be laying the areas first camera traps.
[ EXPEDITION OVERVIEW ]
Gal Oya is one of few Sri Lankan national parks where nothing is known about the flora and fauna. Starting in Colombo, a charter plane or private vehicle will head east to Gal Oya Lodge to begin research on the leopard density of the park. Each day is spent out in the field researching the vicinity and setting camera traps before returning to the charm and comfort of the lodge. Evenings offer the opportunity to share stories from the jungle around the campfire or whilst propping up the bar.
After learning how to camera trap and monitor the leopard population, we will stop in Wilpattu en route back to Colombo to spend a night in a luxury tented camp with the team from Leopard Trails. The best safari operator in the busier national park, they will show how reforestation has impacted the leopard population in the area.
[ HIGHLIGHTS ]
• Set camera traps in remote areas of the park to monitor leopard movements
• Conduct biodiversity assessments in the onsite research centre
• Meet the indigenous Veddha people and learn how they live off the forest
• Make daily trips into the park in Land Rovers and private boats
Sep & Oct
BEST TIME OF YEAR
PRICE PER PERSON
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?
Groups of Friends or families interested in national park ecology and camera trap studies
Moderate, long half days in a vehicle and on foot. Open top jeeps used throughout
Gal Oya Lodge, Wilpattu & Galleface hotel